Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce ( Niimíipu )
I think I shall re-apply myself to my study of the Cree language. From what I can gather, the bunch of incoming Republican sachems and sagamores and chiefs are - believe it or not! - adherents to the theory that the people who used to live on lands a long time ago still, even after a few thousand years, still maintain their ownership rights to that land!
In other words, all this squabbling over pipeline rights-of-way will soon be academic, for the lands in question will speedily revert to Native American ownership.
In other words, go long on Native Americans!
The theory of the Dead Hand (Mortmain is a type of dead-handian thingie) of ancient ownership still exerting rights after thousand-year absences is extolled by Mike Huckabee:
Huckabee visits West Bank: 'Build Israel Great Again'
CNN Digital Rebranding 2015 Oren Liebermann Photo: Jeremy Freeman
By Oren Liebermann, CNN
Maale Adumim, West Bank (CNN)Standing in front of a bright red banner reading "Build Israel Great Again," former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee promised Tuesday during an appearance in the West Bank that President-elect Donald Trump's policies toward Israel would be very different than President Barack Obama's.
Huckabee was in Maale Adumim to lay the cornerstone for a new neighborhood in one of the largest Israeli settlements in the West Bank, just east of Jerusalem. The former Arkansas governor and strong supporter of Israel held a hat with the same catchphrase, and said he would bring one to Trump, whose campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" was the inspiration for the Maale Adumim banner.
Huckabee told CNN that he rejected the use of the word "settlements."
"I think Israel has title deed to Judea and Samaria," said Huckabee, using the Biblical terms for the West Bank. "There are certain words I refuse to use. There is no such thing as a West Bank. It's Judea and Samaria. There's no such thing as a settlement. They're communities, they're neighborhoods, they're cities. There's no such thing as an occupation."
Settlements have surged back onto the international agenda following the recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as having "no legal validity" and being "a flagrant violation under international law."
Days later, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed settlements in a speech as an obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Huckabee slammed Kerry's remarks, calling them "irrational" and "absolute bull butter."
"It was insulting to me as an American, and I think certainly insulting to Israelis as well," he said.
In the waning days of the Obama administration, the Kerry speech and the Security Council resolution have heightened interest in Trump's policies in the region.
The President-elected has said he'd like to try making peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but he's also said he wants to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moves Palestinian leaders have denounced as the death of a two-state solution.
Though he does not serve as an adviser to Trump and is not part of his incoming administration, Huckabee, speaking as a private citizen, said he was optimistic about the relationship between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
Huckabee visited the settlements on the same day that Senate Republicans introduced a bill to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy to Jerusalem.
Called the "Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act," the bill requires the United States to act on a 1995 bill calling on the US to relocate the diplomatic mission. Since the bill's passage, every president -- both Republican and Democrat -- has waived the requirement of the move, citing national security considerations...
"The only people who have ever had Yerushalayim as a capital have been the Jews," said Huckabee, using the Hebrew name of the city. "Nobody else has ever made this city a capital, ever. So it shouldn't even be controversial. Now it will be, but it shouldn't be."
An evangelical Christian, Huckabee is a frequent visitor to the settlements. Last summer, he visited Shiloh, a settlement north of Jerusalem in the West Bank, that is the Biblical site where the Ark of the Covenant rested before it was carried into Jerusalem...
First, even Huckabee is not stupid enough to not know that "Build Israel Great Again" is the same thing as "Builder Greater Israel".
Greater Israel is the concept of Israeli hegemony from the Nile River to the Euphrates River. In 1994 Daniel Pipes called the Nile to Euphrates concept a calumny against Zionism. I had agreed with Mr. Pipes back then, but a lot of water has flowed down the Nile and the Euphrates since.
Since the West Bank is East of Israel, this is a Push To The East, or a Drang nach Osten, if you prefer 20th century metaphors and expressions.
Second, the Palestinians have to learn that in Likud Israel the land is a waqf - وقف - established before the diaspora and in force even now. A waqf is defined in Wikipedia as:
A waqf, also spelled wakf... or mortmain property, is, under the context of charity "sadaqah", an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law, typically donating a building or plot of land or even cash for Muslim religious or charitable purposes with no intention of reclaiming the assets.
Since these things are so (quae cum ita sint), the evangelical and their Republican allies adjust the Middle Eastern notion to allow reclamation, since properly in Western Society
Mortmain is the perpetual, inalienable ownership of real estate by a corporation or legal institution; the term is usually used in the context of its prohibitionThey apply it to the Middle East. Ownership forever.
Now see if they apply it to the USA!
All the chiefs and sachems of the Native Americans apply now for your ancestral holdings!